“I am Retiring for my Wife” – Tyson Fury After Winning Heavyweight Title Match
Tyson Fury recently made it known that he is preparing to hang up his gloves. The 33 year old British boxer reiterated his intent to retire on Saturday in an interview after retaining his heavyweight title with a knockout against Dillian Whyte in a fight at Wembley Stadium in London.
Fury sealed the fight with a sizzling right uppercut that sent Whyte, 34, tumbling to the ground late in Round 6. Video shows Whyte was barely able to stand on his own after taking the brutal blow.
“I promised my lovely wife Paris of 14 years that after the [Deyonte] Wilder III fight, that would be it — and I meant it,” he said while still in the ring in a clip shared on Twitter by BT Sport, which Fury retweeted to his page.
Fury, who called himself “one of the greatest heavyweights of all time,” said he felt compelled to fight at Wembley, after the Wilder fight last year, upon receiving the invitation to defend his title in the Saturday bout.
Now, he said, “I have to be a man of my word, and I think this might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King. And what a way to go out!”
“I’m going to go out with my wife, me kids. I’ve spent a lot of time on the road, I’ve been away a long time. I’ve fulfilled everything I’ve wanted to fulfill, and I’m going to retire as the only second heavyweight champion after Rocky Marciano to retire undefeated,” he said.
Fury’s wife, Paris, told BT Sport that she “would like him to come out” of the profession “now” and believes her husband “has nothing more to prove,” CNN reported.
“If he had anything left to do, I would say ‘Yeah Tyson, you do it.’ But he has nothing to prove,” Paris told the outlet. “So unless he really wants to box on, and if he’s just doing it for whatever money, fame, he doesn’t need that. He’s the most famous man on the planet tonight.”
“I’ve given 20 years to boxing, amateur and professional,” Fury explained during his news conference, according to ESPN. “I’ve had me brains knocked out. I’ve been put down, I’ve been rocked, I’ve been cut. I’ve had tough fights, I’ve had draws, I’ve had wins. I’ve boxed all over the world. How much blood can you get out of a stone?”